This is a sample of an 8-day religious and pilgrim tour to visit cathedrals, monasteries and sacred places of Portugal, Spain and France.
This package os a 8 day trip for pilgrims or for any group of people that would like to see sacred places, Cathedrals and memorials of Catolicism in Spain, Portugal and Southern France. During the trip you will visit Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, town of Fatima - center of Christian pilgrimage in Portugal, Santiago de Compostella - the destination of famous ''Camino de Santiago'', third largest in Spain Cathedral of Burgos, museum of Ignatius Loyola in Gipuzkoa, main pilgrim's center in France - Lourdes, and main Saint of Catalunya - Montserrat Monastery with its famous Black Madonna.
Trip starts in Lisbon and finishes in Barcelona.
Minimum 20 people.
Day 1. Lisbon
Morning arrival. Meet'n'greet in the airport by our representative. 6h city tour around the city to visit all the beautiful places of Lisbon, including it's pearl - Jeronimos Monastery, - is a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome near the Tagus river in the parish of Belém, in the Lisbon Municipality, Portugal. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. It was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Tower of Belém, in 1983. Tickets and inside excursion are included. After the tour - check in to the hotel, free evening, rest.
Day 2. Lisbon - Fatima - Coimbra
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to main center of pilgrimage of Portugal - Fatima, well-known for its Marian apparitions that occurred in Cova da Iria in 1917 and which were later recognized by the Catholic Church, which later marked these events as "worthy of belief". A small chapel was built here in honor of Our Lady of Fátima, bin the eginning of 1918, and a statue of her installed; the chapel and statue have since been enclosed within a large shrine and basilicas. Later continuation to Coimbra - one of the ain cultural centers. This was in large part helped by the establishment the University of Coimbra in 1290, - the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. Apart from attracting many students from all over the world, the university is visited by many tourists for its monuments and history. Its historical buildings were classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2013. City tour and check in to the hotel.
Day 3. Coimbra - Santiago de Compostella
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to famous pilgrim's center - Santiago de Compostella, and city tour around it, to see it's glorious Cathedral - one of the World Heritage sites. The cathedral is the reputed burial-place of Saint James the Great - one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. The cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the Way of St. James, since the Early Middle Ages. The building is a Romanesque structure with later Gothic and Baroque additions. You'll walk thru Portico de la Gloria - the ‘Door of Glory’ - a triple-columned entrance to the Cathedral through which pilgrims traditionally arrived. Sculpted in the 12th century by Master Mateo, it is considered to be one of the finest treasures of the Cathedral. Continuation with a tour around historical center to see Plaza de Cervantes, Plaza de Obradoiro and other famous sights and streets of Santiago de Compostella. Check in, free evening.
Day 4. Santiago de Compostella - Leon - Burgos
Breakfast. Transfer to Leon - another city, located on the way of ''Camino de Santiago'', which is also ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the city's most prominent historical buildings are the Cathedral, - the finest example of French-style classic Gothic architecture in Spain, the Basilica of San Isidoro, - one of the most important Romanesque churches in Spain and resting place of Leon's medieval monarchs, - the Monastery of San Marcos, a prime example of plateresque and Renaissance Spanish architecture, also the Casa Botines, - a Modernist creation of the architect Antoni Gaudí. After the tour we will continue to Burgos. Arrival and check in to the hotel.
Day 5. Burgos - San Sebastian - Lourdes
Breakfast in the hotel, followed by the city tour around Burgos, which has lots of historic landmarks: the Cathedral of Burgos (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984), seat of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Burgos, the Las Huelgas Reales Monastery and Miraflores Charterhouse. A large number of churches, palaces and other buildings from the medieval age remain. Later continuation towards Guipuzkoa, to visit a Santuario de Loyola (Ignatius Loyola - founder the religious order ''the Society of Jesus'', Jesuits). After some free time continuation to Southern France, to Lourdes - main pilgrim center of France. Arrval and check in to the hotel.
Day 6. Lourdes - Barcelona
According to believers, the Virgin Mary appeared to Marie-Bernadette Soubirous on a total of eighteen occasions at Lourdes. The city has become a major place of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and of miraculous healings. After Mary appeared to peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, Lourdes became one of the world’s most frequently visited pilgrimage sites, boasting a current figure of approximately 6 million visitors per year. We will visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, with a tour inside. Some free time after, and in the late afternoon we'll continue our trip further, to cross the Pyrenees and reach the city of Barcelona, Spain, - in the evening. Check in to the hotel.
Day 7. Barcelona - Montserrat - Barcelona
Breakfast in the hotel. 5h tour to Monserrat mountain to visit the Monastery and see a main Catalunyan Saint - Black Madonna. Benedictian Monastery - Santa Maria de Montserrat is a Benedictine abbey, located on the mountain of Montserrat, on height of 1236 meters. The monastery was founded in the 10th century and still functions to this day, with over 150 monks. The Escolania - Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir, is one of the oldest in Europe, and performs during religious ceremonies and communal prayers in the basilica. Black Madonna (Virgin of Montserrat): Our Lady of Montserrat - is a statue of the Madonna and Child venerated at the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery. She is the Patron Saint of Catalonia, an honour she shares with Saint George (Sant Jordi in Catalan). La Moreneta ("the little dark-skinned one" or "the little dark one") - is her other name, give due to the dark color of the face of the statue. It is a common belief that if you touch her hand it will make your wishes to come true. And it is possible to do so, after waiting in line for approximately 10-15 minutes. There is also a small market near the Monserrat Abbey - where you can buy products of the local producers, such as - liquors, cheeses, honey – with many of those being produced by the monks that live there. After returning to the city - a highlight tour, with a visit to its monumental Gothic Cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, which was constructed from the 13th to 15th centuries, and nowadays remains the main Cathedral of Barcelona.
Day 8. Barcelona
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport.